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Check out the most recent issue of The Photo Review Newsletter which lists the many exhibitions on view at The University of the Arts and in the surrounding Philadelphia area during SPE's 55th Annual Conference.

Wednesday | February 28

Public Lecture at The University of the Arts 
George Krause '58 An Introspective: Works from 1957-2017
10:00 - 11:15 am | 1504 Terra Hall
*not an SPE conference related events

LGBTQ Caucus Cocktail Hour
6:00 pm | Hotel bar

Panel Discussion and Reception at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
David Hartt: Negative Space / The Last Poet

6:00 - 7:30 pm | 1400 N American Street
*not an SPE conference related events

The genesis of Hartt's film and photographic series are photographs by Robert Rauschenberg documenting his journey along the East Coast of the United States. Hartt repeated Rauschenberg's journey using a drone camera. The landscape shows an extreme concentration and stratification of wealth and power on the one hand and the marginalization and displacement of industry and the emergent precarity of environmental catastrophe on the other.

Panelists | David Hartt; Peter Barberie, Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Meg Onli, Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday | March 1

LGBTQ Caucus Coffee Hour
9:30 am | Starbucks/hotel bar 

Screening of: "Patrick Nagatani: LIVING IN THE STORY"
10:30 - 11:30 am | Grand Ballroom Salon H

This film documents thirty-five years of artmaking by distinguished SPE member Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani, pioneer of the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement. Patrick's innovative, prolific work deals with anxiety in the nuclear age and methods of healing and transcendence. Scott Nagatani's hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film's soundtrack.

SPE Annual Members' Meeting & Roundtable
12:00 – 1:30 pm | Meeting Room 302-303

All SPE members are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the membership. The SPE Members' Meeting is a forum for discussion of SPE business and information regarding the direction of the organization. Acquaint yourself with SPE's Board and Staff; learn about important organizational business, news, and updates. The membership will have a chance to address the leadership. Please plan to attend our annual meeting. Light refreshments will be served, and no other programming will conflict with this meeting.

Exhibits Fair Opening Welcome Reception
7:30 – 8:30 pm | Franklin Hall B (Exhibits Fair)

The conference kicks off with an Opening Reception on the exhibit hall floor. This light hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception is a great way for attendees to network with one another and visit exhibitors without scheduling conflicts! 

Curator Portfolio Walkthrough
8:30 – 11:00 pm | Headhouse Tower

SPE welcomes attendees to participate in the annual Curator Portfolio Walkthrough. Attendees who preregistered for the event are welcome to display their work, and all attendees can peruse the work displayed. This event offers an opportunity for students and professional members to share their work with the public, local and SPE member curators, collectors, historians, and scholars, and to receive feedback in an informal setting. Sequential entry and setup will begin for exhibiting attendees at 8:00 pm outside Liberty Ballroom in the Headhouse Tower. Any unclaimed tables are first come, first served beginning when doors open to all conference attendees and guest curators at 8:30 pm. Come prowl the rows of tables and see what looks interesting! Mingle with fellow attendees and have fun! If you have any questions, please contact

Ongoing Events Friday - Saturday

Career Mentoring 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Independence Ballroom Salon I
Preregistration for mentoring takes place on Thursday from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Franklin Hall Foyer. Day-of  walk-ins are welcome.

Career Mentoring is open to adjunct/contingent faculty, MFA candidates and recent graduates. A handful of volunteer mentors will be available during two sessions over the weekend to conduct mock interviews, receive feedback on teaching packets, and discuss professional development strategies which fall outside of the scope of professional portfolio reviews (such as professional development, seeking gallery representation, museum acquisitions, etc.).

Ask an Editor
Exposure 2.0: one-on-one discussions on ideas, teaching, and creative work with SPE's Exposure editor Stacy J. Platt
2:00 – 4:00 pm | Liberty Ballroom Foyer, near Portfolio Review waiting area

Have you had a chance to read the new Exposure that launched online with Medium? Exposure has a new tone, is embarking on covering new terrain, and is now open, free, and accessible to all. Come by and chat with Exposure's editor Stacy J. Platt, and share your ideas, concerns, and content wish lists. Curators, gallerists, arts writers, critics, students, and educators are especially encouraged to drop in for conversation.

What are the possibilities that you'd love to see the Exposure journal manifest? What kinds of conversations are we not having that you'd love to find? What educators are doing really innovative things that you'd like to tell us about and have us follow up on? What kinds of issues and/or themes have been keeping you up at night in the
photo world that we're not covering ... but could?

Ongoing Events In the Exhibits Fair (Franklin Hall B)
Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3 

Exhibits Fair
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Situated in the center hub of conference activities, the Exhibits Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with university and institutional representatives, meet face-to-face with industry professionals, publishers, and others eager to talk about the latest and greatest equipment, supplies, books, and opportunities in the field. The Exhibits Fair also hosts a range of conference activities such as the Member Pin Up Show, Silent Auction, and Raffle. Read below for more information.

NEW THIS YEAR! Exhibit Hall Passport Contest
Drawing takes place at 3:15 pm on Saturday

The 2018 SPE Annual Conference will feature a great new game to engage attendees and exhibitors in the exhibit hall—the Exhibit Hall Passport Contest!

How to Play: You will receive a Passport game card in your conference program guide onsite. All you need to do is visit at least 30 exhibitors listed on the Passport, talk with the exhibitor, and take some time to view their products and demonstrations. You will then be rewarded with some great information and a custom stamp in their corresponding square on your passport.

Once you have filled at least 30 of the squares on your passport, turn your completed game card in at the Registration counters (located outside the Exhibits Hall in the Franklin B Hall Foyer) by 3:00 pm on Saturday, and be entered in the prize drawing for an original Patrick Nagatani print!

Prize Drawing: The prize drawing will take place on Saturday at 3:15 pm in the Exhibits Hall, starting off SPE's Annual Raffle drawing. Only participants who completed at least 30 stamped squares of the game card will be eligible for the prize drawing. You DON'T want to miss this opportunity to win an original Patrick Nagatani print from SPE's fine print collection.

Winners will be drawn at random and must be present at the prize drawing to win. To claim prize, winners must show their name badge for identification within 60 seconds of being drawn. Exhibitors are asked not to submit game cards.

Member Pin Up Show
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Member Pin Up Show is back again this year! All member attendees are invited to hang a print (no larger than 11'' x 14'') to exhibit throughout the duration of the Exhibits Fair Friday and Saturday. SPE will provide wall space and pins for members wishing to participate. Prints will be hung on a first-come, first-served basis, as space permits. Participating members should include their name and image information beneath each image, as no labeling will be provided. Participants should collect their print at the end of the Exhibits Fair between 3:30 – 4:00 pm on Saturday or forfeit their print. This is a fun, casual opportunity to share your work with the attendees.

Silent Auction
Open for bids Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
and Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Bid on a fantastic roster of products from our donors including books, photographic supplies, marketing consultation, premium inkjet photo paper, online photography services, and much more. Timing is everything with the Silent Auction, so be sure to place your bids before 12:15 pm Saturday when the auction closes!

On view Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
and Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Drawing begins at 3:15 pm.

SPE has compiled an impressive selection of print donations by esteemed photographers from around the country. Enter for your chance to walk away with some serious conference swag. For only $10 you might be the lucky winner of a piece of photographic history while supporting SPE. Tickets may be purchased at Registration, and from Board Members. Keep an eye out for the yellow buttons that say: "Raffle Tickets Here." Make sure to purchase your tickets and make your selections before Saturday at 3:15 pm when the Raffle drawing begins.

Ticket prices: $10 for one ticket, $25 for three tickets, $100 for 20 tickets.

Friday | March 2

Industry & Education Forum
8:00 – 9:45 am | Meeting Room 304-305
Industry, Educators, and Students
Moderated by Tom P. Ashe

This forum will feature four tables each focusing on a different topic: curriculum, demonstrations, resources, and students. The students' table will allow those currently learning photography to add their important perspectives into the conversation. Set your alarms early, and join us for this engaging forum! Click HERE for more details. 

Chapter Meetings
12:00 – 12:45 pm | check schedule for locations.

Catch up on the latest SPE news with your regional friends and colleagues by attending your chapter meeting. Chapter meetings are the best place to make new contacts, mingle with friends, get involved with SPE, share information about important activities, and stay informed about events closest to home.

LGBTQ Caucus Post-Meeting Coffee Hour
2:00 pm | Starbucks/Hotel Bar

The University of the Arts Exhibition Opening and Reception
6:30 – 8:30 pm | UArts Hamilton & Arronson Galleries
sponsored by The University of the Arts

Please join us at the University of the Arts for an evening of exhibitions, including the SPE 6th Annual Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition. Receptions will be held in four academic buildings on UArts' campus. With eight formal exhibitions and several pop-up and work–in-progress displays, the University of the Arts looks forward to hosting you as we kick off First Friday in Philadelphia.

Saturday | March 3

Multicultural Caucus Coffee Meetup 
8:30 am | Hotel Starbucks

Silent Auction Closing
Closing begins at 12:15 pm | Franklin Hall B (Exhibits Fair)

GET TO THE EXHIBITS FAIR AND PLACE YOUR BIDS!  Timing is everything with the Silent Auction; be sure to place your bids before 12:15 pm when the auction closes!

Raffle Drawing & Reception
Raffle reception begins at 2:45 pm with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
Drawing begins at 3:15 pm | Franklin Hall B (Exhibits Fair)

The Raffle Drawing will begin at 3:15 pm. Winning tickets MUST be identified within 60 seconds of being drawn to receive raffle item. Raffle winner will be asked to show the other half of their winning ticket to receive their item(s). If you are unable to attend the raffle drawing, you may send a representative; however, they must have your ticket in hand. Good luck to all!

LGBTQ Caucus Cocktail Hour
5:00 pm | Hotel Bar

Dance Party
10:30 pm – 1:30 am | Salon H

One of the most highly anticipated events of the conference! Three days of intellectual stimulation can sometimes lead to oversaturation, so blow off that excess steam on the SPE dance floor!

Sunday | March 4

Open House, Reception, and Building Tours at Tyler School of Art / Temple University
11:00 am - 2:00 pm | 2001 N. 13 Street
*Not an SPE conference related event

"Keith Smith at Home" Exhibition Tour for SPE Conference Attendees
11:00 am | Philadelphia Museum of Art, Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building

The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites SPE Conference Attendees to a private tour of the "Keith Smith at Home" Exhibition. Sunday's admission is Pay What You Wish. PMA suggests you start at a penny, but you can support them with whatever you wish!

Please meet in the lobby of the Perelman Building at 11:00 am.

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